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Kauffmans Celebrate 65th Anniversary February 23, 2018

Robert and Miriam Kauffman of Mount Joy celebrated their 65th anniversary on Feb. 18 with their family, including their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, while enjoying dinner at an Amish home.

The Kauffmans were married on Feb. 14, 1953, in New Danville.

They are the parents of Sue Kauffman Unger of Elizabethtown, Linda Brown of Mount Joy, and Steve Kauffman of Manheim. There are seven grandchildren, plus spouses, and six great-grandchildren.

Robert and Miriam are retired from dairy farming. They attend Community Bible Church.


Hakes Celebrate 62nd Anniversary February 21, 2018

Roy Jr. and Evelyn Hake of Windsor celebrated 62 years of marriage on Feb. 18. They were married on Feb. 18, 1956, by the justice of the peace.

They are the parents of Tina Coeyman, Tammy McHugh, Debra Smeltzer, and Michael Hake. They have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Roy is retired from Alloy Rods in Hanover. As a young man, he spent time at the sprint car tracks in York County. He taught his children to be hardworking, honest, and respectful and to put God first. Evelyn was a housewife, and she is known for her homemade potpie and chicken salad. She enjoys cooking, cleaning, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary February 2, 2018

Donald and Geraldine Hershey of Manheim celebrated their 60th anniversary on Feb. 1. They were married at Hernley Mennonite Church on Feb. 1, 1958.

The Hersheys have three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary February 2, 2018

Jay and Anne E. Myers of Columbia celebrated their 60th anniversary on Feb. 1. They were married on Feb. 1, 1958, in Maryland.

They are the parents of Terry Fichthorn, wife of Tim, of Lititz; Tammy DeJesus, wife of Jesse, of Mount Joy; Debra Stum of Columbia; Dawn Mellinger, wife of Ben, of East Petersburg; and Cindy Zimmerman, wife of Doug, of Manheim. They have 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The couple worships at Wrightsville Assembly of God.

Jay is retired from Edward Armstrong and Sons. Anne is retired from Yorgey's Dry Cleaners in Elizabethtown.


Fadelys Celebrate 50th Anniversary January 24, 2018

Eileen K. and Edward R. Fadely Sr. of Dover recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The celebration took place on Jan. 6 in the fellowship hall at Calvary Lutheran, where a luncheon was attended by 125 guests.

The couple was married on Jan. 3, 1968, at Rohler's Lutheran Church in Dover by the late Rev. Donald Warner.

They are the parents of Edward R. Jr., husband of Jennifer Fadely, Lewisberry, and Jennifer F., wife of Timothy McCleary, York. They have four grandchildren.

They attend Calvary Lutheran Church in Dover.

Edward is retired from First Capital Federal Credit Union in York. Eileen is retired from Dentsply International in York.

Eileen is the daughter of the late Elmer and Ruth Spangler, and Edward is the son of the late William and Wella Fadely.


Couple Marks 65th Anniversary January 15, 2018

James and Virginia Robertson of York celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 6. The couple's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gave them a surprise anniversary party at Church of the Open Door.

They were married on Jan. 3, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are the parents of Joni Sipling of Palmyra, Beth Hostetter of Willow Street, Rodd Robertson of York, and Tim Robertson of York. They have 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

The couple attends Church of the Open Door. Mr. Robertson is retired from York Corrugating Company. Mrs. Robertson is retired from the York County Courthouse.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary December 14, 2017

Ken and Verdella Stauffer are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at Salem Church in Manheim on Dec. 24, 1967.

They have one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary November 2, 2017

Clair and June Nolt of Manheim celebrated their 40th anniversary on Nov. 5. They were married at Mount Joy Mennonite Church on Nov. 5, 1977.

Mr. Nolt is a farmer and is also employed by Arconic in Lancaster. Mrs. Nolt is a homemaker and assists with farming responsibilities. They attend Erisman Mennonite Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Nolt are the parents of Janelle, wife of Christopher Shelly, of Lancaster; and Jeffrey Nolt of Manheim. They have two grandchildren, Marissa and Josiah Shelly. In addition to a special dinner with their family, the couple celebrated their anniversary with a trip to Maine.


Olivet UMC Celebrates 200 Years October 18, 2017

Sen. Andrew Dinniman joined local officials and parishioners in marking the bicentennial of Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville at a celebratory event and luncheon on Oct. 6. Dinniman presented a special citation commemorating the milestone and also read a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf in honor of the occasion.

The Oct. 6 event kicked off a weekend of activities commemorating the church's 200th anniversary, including a public open house and concert on Oct. 7 and a special luncheon at the Coatesville Country Club following services on Oct. 8.

Patty Biffen, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and Olivet layleader, gave a presentation on the church's history. Michael Givler, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and chairman of its Staff Parish Relations Committee, spoke of the parish's legacy of commitment and involvement in the Coatesville community.

Givler referred to work on the Third Avenue Streetscape Project, currently underway. The streetscape project, the first phase of revitalization work related to the new Coatesville Train Station, aims to transform Third Avenue as a gateway into the city from the new station. It includes the repaving of Third Avenue and the installation of sidewalk amenities, including ADA accessibility improvements from Lincoln Highway to Fleetwood Street.

The project also calls for the repaving of and significant improvements to the nearby parking lot of the church, which will be available to rail riders under an agreement being worked out with the church.

The entire project is expected to be completed in about a year.

In addition, the design work on the realignment of the station's location on Fleetwood Street is ongoing, but preliminary design work is complete. These designs include plans for commuter and bus access and a review of conceptual designs offering transit-oriented development projects related to the new train station.


Township Anniversary Recognized October 6, 2017


Haugs Celebrate 45th Anniversary October 5, 2017

James and Paula Haug of Columbia celebrated their 45th anniversary on Aug. 26. They were married on Aug. 26, 1972, in the chapel at the former First English Lutheran Church in Columbia.

They are the parents of Patricia Haug; Jennifer, wife of James Jones; Jessica Haug; and Pamela Haug. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. James' parents are Carl A. Haug of Columbia and the late Anna Arndt Haug. Paula is the daughter of Lorraine Dommel of Columbia and the granddaughter of the late Mildred Casewell.

James is retired from the Columbia Post Office and Lancaster Newspaper. Paula is employed at QVC.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary September 14, 2017

Eugene and Janice Saylor of Lititz celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 16 with a trip to Colorado.

They were married on Sept. 16, 1967, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Manheim by the Rev. Norman Bucher.

Eugene and Janice are the parents of Kelly Saylor and Nicole Eshleman, both of Manheim. There are three grandchildren.

Eugene is retired from RR Donnelley in Lancaster, and Janice is retired from Flowstar Lititz.

The couple worships at Jerusalem Church in Manheim.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary September 7, 2017

Lloyd and Grace Sauder of Mountville celebrated their 40th anniversary on Sept. 3.

They were married on Sept. 3, 1977, at Northwoods United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Sauder are the parents of Carol, wife of Leo Vondas of Bethesda, Md., and John, husband of Susan Sauder, of Lancaster.

Mr. Sauder is a retired truck driver, and Mrs. Sauder is a retired nurse. Mr. and Mrs. Sauder attend Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Lancaster.


Halsteads Mark 60th Anniversary July 27, 2017

Dr. Chester and Barbara Poe Halstead of Lititz celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 4 with close friends and family at Enck's Banquet Center in Manheim. The party was given by their three children and the grandchildren.

The Halsteads were married on June 22, 1957, at Livonia Baptist Church in Livonia, Mich., by Pastor Willard Martin.

Chester and Barbara are the parents of Patricia Latimer, Edward Halstead, and Brenda Miller, all of whom reside in Manheim. There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with a fifth expected in September.

Chester is retired from working at Colerain Baptist Church in Kirkwood and Lancaster Bible College. Barbara is retired from Murray Insurance in Quarryville.

The couple worships at Grace Church of Lititz.


Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversary July 26, 2017

Donald E. and Norva M. Junkins of Red Lions recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 15, 1957 at the Windsor Church of God by the late Rev. J. D. Ensminger.

To celebrate the occasion, the couple went on a nine-day Mississippi River cruise on the American Queen and held an open house on July 8.

Donald and Norva are retired.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary June 27, 2017

Carl and Arlene Martin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family members on June 8. They were married in the New Holland Mennonite Church by Bishop Mahlon Witmer.

The Martins have three daughters: Carlene, wife of Jeff Petersen, Atglen; Sharon, wife of Steve Martin, New Holland; and Cathy of Atlanta, Ga. There are four grandchildren.


Schnitzenbaumer-Brubaker June 22, 2017

The marriage of Erik Schnitzenbaumer and Ashley Brubaker took place on June 10 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata. Father McGarrity officiated at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Geoff and Cheryl Brubaker of Lancaster. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 2012 and from Widener University in 2016. She is employed by Women & Babies Hospital in Lancaster.

The groom is the son of Pete and Sue Schnitzenbaumer of Lititz. He graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 2010. He serves in the U.S. Navy in Groton, Conn.

The maid of honor was Faith Musser of Lancaster. Bridesmaids were Michelle Garro of Sicklerville, N.J.; Megan Fields of Lemoyne, sister-in-law of the bride; and Colleen Schnitzenbaumer of Downingtown, sister-in-law of the bride.

Serving as best man was Kurt Schnitzenbaumer of Ellicott City, Md., brother of the groom; Jay Danforth of Bohemia, N.Y., brother-in-law of the groom; Todd Fields of Lemoyne, brother-in-law of the groom; and Kevin Kane of Kendall Park, N.J., brother-in-law of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore an ivory lace and beaded gown with a cathedral-length veil.

The reception was held at Lakefield Weddings in Manheim.

After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Mount Joy.


Couple Marks 60 Years June 9, 2017

Pastor Richard G. and Naomi A. Miller celebrated their 60th anniversary with their family during a dinner and a stay at the Hotel Hershey. The Millers met in 1955 while attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and they were married at the Saylorville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 9 two years later. The couple has two sons, Phil and Tim, along with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and another great-grandchild on the way.

Naomi graduated from Ankeny High School in Iowa and Moody Bible Institute. In addition to being a pastor's wife and homemaker, she retired as a bookkeeper from B & G Lumber Company in Elizabethtown.

Richard graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School, Moody Bible Institute, Elizabethtown College and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Next year will mark 60 years that the couple worked in ministry, beginning at the Newville Bible Church in Elizabethtown. They also served with the Christian Service Brigade youth program and retired from the Maytown Church of God in 2004. Since then, Richard has continued to preach as a guest minister or as an intentional interim, and he is currently assigned at the Lancaster Church of God.


Dourtes Celebrate 70th Anniversary May 18, 2017

Jesse and Wilma Herr Dourte of Manheim celebrated their 70th anniversary on April 5. They were married at Beulah Chapel in Springfield, Ohio, on April 5, 1947. Friends and family showered them with cards, and the couple's children planned a celebration with a drop-in at Teen Central in Manheim on April 30.

They are the parents of Maxine, wife of Luther Schwartz, Manheim; Loine, wife of Jim Hain, Roanoke, Va.; Marjorie, wife of Frank Groff, Manheim; Colleen, wife of Dave Bradstreet, Norristown; Nevin, husband of Doneen Ruhl, Manheim; and Jeseen, wife of Troy Bauman, Lititz. They have 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Jesse is a retired farmer and minister in the Brethren in Christ Church, pastoring in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Iowa. Wilma retired from nursing as a licensed practical nurse. The couple attends Mount Pleasant Brethren in Christ Church in Mount Joy.


Hilshers Celebrate 50th Anniversary May 4, 2017

Marlin and Janet Hilsher of Elizabethtown recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. As part of the celebration, they were joined on April 29 by their family, along with several members of their original wedding party.

The Hilshers were married on April 8, 1967, at Conoy Brethren in Christ Church by the Rev. Roof and the Rev. Sollenberger.

They are the parents of Jody Hilsher of Cincinnati and Janel Hilsher Clouser of Elizabethtown. They have eight grandchildren.

Marlin is employed by Snavely's in Centerville. The couple attends Faith Bible Church in Mount Joy.

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